* Posts by Trygve Henriksen

628 posts • joined 4 Jul 2007


Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in

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Re: Not really secret

It's because everyone appreciates a good rant.

As long as they're not the target...

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer

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Re: Went for a coffee - stayed two weeks

Never ever give away your passport to a company. Ever!

And if they 'insists', you will later take a taxi to the nearest embassy where you tell them that your passport was stolen, and can they please help you...

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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What you need is ILO / iDRAC or whatever other companies calls it.

Many servers comes with it as standard, and most others could be fitted with it as an option. Or even fitted later.

It really doesn'ttake that many hours of travel before such an option is cheaper. Particularly if you count lost income or wasted vages by other employees just sitting there and not getting any work done.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Re: Well that was an invisible problem

And back then, with HUBs you had the dreaded 30% utilisation. The moment you hit that limit, the number of packet collissions skyrocketed, and 100% was inevitable.

We were only saved because we used UB Networks AccessOne kit back then, and there was a crude MAC address filter on the backplane.

When we got our first Switch(slightly cheaper), we gave the servers a port each, then we pulled the controller boards out of the AccessOne kit, disabling the backplane and turning each card into separate Hubs, then patched one port on each to the remaining ports on the Switch.

One Switch, 150 happy users...

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Memories

Was there ever an Olivetti that was 'standard'?

I never dealt with the M24, but the M380... AAAAARGH!

The PSU would die after 2 years. The insulation on a coil melted and it shorted out, if I remember correctly.

And the memory expansion cards...

Those long, horrible cards with 16 sockets. And the yard-long 'configuration card you used to find out the switch settings.

The fact that the keyboard connector was a D9 connector was just a fun, quirk.

(St506 drives in a 1990s PC, though... not so fun)

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Re: Nah.

Just google for pictures of "Olav Thon".

He's a hotel magnate...

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I have several 'vampire' connectors for Thick coax, still in their blister packs...

But luckily, we managed to throw out the effing cable years ago.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: Sounds familiar...

You set up exclusions?

Why would you do something as evil as that?

You should set up dummy reservations, and write in the comment why it's reserved.

(Unless you ran a DHCP server where you could add a comment to exclusions, of course. )

Exclusions tends to stick around a long time after the device is retired. And without a good comment or other documentation, no one will dare removing it.

Oslo clever clogs craft code to scan di mavens and snare dodgy staff

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Well, I doubt there's a University in Oslo, Marshall County, Minnesota, but still...

And Oslo Community, in Dodge, Minnesota is even less likely since they don't even have a Post office any more...

Maybe in Oslo, Florida?

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Long ago.

I had a classmate once who could whistle the dialtone so perfect that he did get the modem at the other end to star negotiating speed, so yeah, it's possible.

Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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Re: Find it difficult to believe

It's not so difficult to believe...

The pads were used by embassies and such, as they often have a need to confer with home over a secure channel, knowing that anyone could be listening in on the conversation.

Spies would mostly try to avoid any situation whereeven part of the conversation could be captured, as not only the message, but also the sender and receiver would be secret.

OTPs and other codebooks is something you'd expect to find in an embassy or in the comms on a battleship, but not in someone's home. It's also very difficult to transfer a code books and OTPs to field agents without them being compromised.

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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Re: A good title for that documentation is ...

No, a BOM is a general use manual, probably explaining best practises for using electric cattleprods and best impact points on a cranium. You know, the stuff that's the same on every site.

What he was writing is the BSM - Bastard Site Manual, because it mostly deals with site-specific issues and resources.

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Re: Are PDAs still alive?

Palm? Windows Immobile?

Real BOFHs used Psions...

If you couldn't run a terminal emulator on it and hook it up to a console port on a Switch, Router or 'that weird box' in the corner, what use was it anyway?

The Psions had the terminal emulator and rather nifty scripting functions.

Add the WYSIWYG word processor, spreadsheet and DBs, and you had all your important documentation in your pocket.

The modern replacement is the Planet Computers Gemini clamshell which is Dual or even Tripleboot...

(Android and Debian, and possibly also Sailfish or whatever floats your boat)

Mine only runs Android... yet...

And yes, the keyboard is just as good as on the Psion S5 series.

Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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Re: Basic mechanical ability

You have a 4yo lad who's interested?

Get him a workshop(even if it's just a corner in the garage), and some tools STAT!

Teach him to use them, and help him with whatever he wants to do(that is, supervise, so that he doesn't hurt himself)

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Re: Let's call him Jacob, for no particular reason...

The best IC removal tools I have are blanking plates from an old PC. I just gave the narrow end a 90degree bend.

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I've been told that the RNoAF lost an F5 once(or was it an earlier jetfighter?) because a spannermonkey had lost the correct bolt to mount the brake chute, and picked a random bolt of the same diameter.

It would have gone unnoticed, except the pilot accidentally triggered the chute while still in the air.(the handle is supposedly next to the gear retraction handle). He wanted to lower the gears as he was preparing to land, released the chute instead, and when he tried to eject the chute, nothing happened...

He was forced to eject as the plane was becoming uncontrollable, and both he and the plane ended up in the ocean off the coast somewhere.

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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Re: Fiat 500

Did you ever see the 'design' of the 2CV that some students hacked up for a competition?


Yeah, the comment about the Mk I Berlingo is mine...

Some legends are reincarnated with new names but the same spirit.

EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

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Re: 'Ye cannae break the laws of physics!'

No, the Big Bang did NOT break the laws of physics.

The laws we know of now were very, very different during the BB, and they changed as the Universe formed and began expanding.

If something doesn't match the laws of Physics as we know them, there's either a failure to observe, or our interpretation of those laws is flawed.

Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Fire Safety Training

According to a firefighter that came around to Our Office, most extinguishers were only used to draw a line from where it was stored to where the fire started.

From a investigative viewpoint it's Nice to know where the fire started or was first observed, but for firefighting it was kind of useless.

(Lots of People grab the extinguisher, pull the safety and squeeze the trigger BEFORE moving towards the fire. )

He also told us that we might as well replace any powder-based ones with foam. Sure, they're less effective, but they doesn't damage everything the fire doesn't destroy, either.

As for only using it to secure a way out. Yeah. 'A building can be rebuilt,' is the usual answer. They'll also admit to not particularly enjoying searching for unconscious people or finding dead ones afterwards.

Get out and do a headcount, and the firefighters will love you.

Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

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You actually use paper tickets still?

Even here in Norway we can buy railway tickets on the mobile, and show them to the conductor.

(Though, I wouldn't be surprised if one of those tried to punch a hole in my phone... )

Frankly, if I worked as a teller on a trainstation, I'd be a lot more interested in doing great service, because most of the job can be replaced with an app...

BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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Where can you buy a softcover version of 'workplace acidents and how to Enginerr them'?

I need to have a well-read copy laying prominently on my desk...

NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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Re: Keep old drives

One of every drive?

Sure, that will work if it's old Tandberg SLR drives, but what if it's DAT or 8mm video tapes?

(Yes, both of those have been used for backup purposes. DAT tends to stretch the tape in such a way that a tape will only ever be reliably read on the original drive, and 8mm... the less said... )

DLT and SDLT...

There are some that thinks the S stands for 'super'... Yeah...

I have half a dozen of those stashed away. One with a tape still stuck in it.

Odds are that none of them works any more.

I have Zip drives(still more reliable than DLT... ), Jaz, Clik! (or whatever it was named. )...

I could use a Bernoully drive, though.

Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

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We retired one 4Si after 750.000, without any service at all.

Not because it didn't work, but because we no longer needed it.

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If they were LJ II & III then the reason the wheels were worn down is that those printers were slow, and the users impatient, and they tended to DRAG the last of the sheet out of the printer.

Trust me, I KNOW this.

Nothing else could kill these beasts.

(That goes for the Canons and others also based around the same engine. Actually, a Canon engine)

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Angry client rolled over the Ethernet patch cable with his office chair

That's what Hot-melt glue and duct tape is for...

Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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I expect a proper(inline) UPS would stop it.

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Feeling Old...

I used to manually edit Config.sys and Autoexec bat to push free RAM to more than 600KB so that AutoCAD would run...

On DOS5.0 with MS LAN MAN and NETBEUI loaded.

Then we added Wollogong Pathway TCP/IP(took 40KB)

On DOS 6.0 it got easier, and I often got it to 639KB.

The CADders worshipped me.

Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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Re: He wasn't afraid of the dark

No afterlife for computers?


Then, where does all the calculators go?

Hypersonic nukes! Nuclear-powered drone subs! Putin unwraps his new (propaganda) toys

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Nuclear powered cruise missile from the south?

How will that get past Trump's Great Wall?

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Re: Engines

I did a partial rebuild of the 1.4i (Citroën TU3JP4) in my car(new headgasket, two new cylinder sleeves, piston rings, big-end bearings, and even reseated the valves.) a while ago. Then replaced the rear axle assembly and recently swapped out the old clutch(full kit).

I there's an instruction book around I can probably fix it.

I think... I still haven't fixed the old PFAFF sewing machine I rescued at the dump.

(It just needs a thorough clean and adjusting. I have found a service manual, but then there's the time... )

Trygve Henriksen

Re: 4" drives exist.

But only a few drives were ever sold back then, and even if the user in question actually DID use it, there's no way to make a more recent computer accept that drive.

That said, if anyone happens to have one laying about... I wouldn't mind getting my clammy hands on it.

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4" floppies?

I have a number of 8", 5.25", 3.5", 3", and even a few Canon 2" VFs..

But I have never ever seen a 4" disk.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: Reminds me of a story

But the old HP Agilent Logic analyzers have a 'Don't Care' button...

Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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I notice that he claims expertise in GPS and that it simply cannot be more accurate than 50meters...

A 50 meter accuracy is so piss poor that it would be unusable for anything on a drone. With the clear acrea in his picture I'd expect better than 10meter, closing on 3.

He was flying it manually, in P-GPS mode, which means he should have had visual control of the drone.

How could he not see the tree he claimed his drone smashed into?

I think he got what he deserves; nothing!

Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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Not all small drones are noisy...

The Black Hornet is pretty quiet.


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I have an airgun with Co2 cartridgee and 12 round magazine...

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I'm pretty certain that people who run that kind of operation can afford drones with directional antennas.

Every spy shop is aware of 'sidechannel' attacks and will have at least some defenses against them.

That was pretty much explained to them when they learned that you could pick up transmissions from an unshielded monitor and cable.

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Ah, but if it's far away and maneuvering for a shot, the picture will shift and cause large changes to the image. Or there may be a car passing through its field of view.

you need to be really certain that the change in the data stream is caused by your event. That means running the event multiple times.

And in a counter-espionage scenario that is bad because it increases the chance that the observer catches on to what is happening.


I bought a CO2-powered airgun with 12 round magazine.

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Drones such as the DJI Mavic transmits constantly, even when not recording.

All you're proving is that you're in the drone's Field of View, not that they're actively recording.

And since the Mavic has a pretty decent camera(4K video) it could actually be quite a distance away, setting up for a overview shot of the neighbours house before they put it up for sale because they want to get away from their paranoid neighbour.

Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks

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So, this is all based on the hope that a nefarious neverdowell won't start the fight with /24 address announcements, in the hope that the routers won't accept /25 addresses?

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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This is rocketscience; we need to be precise.

UAV maker swipes at sponsor of opaque Qinetiq drone study

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Re: Bah.

.50 cal?

Letting civil aviation pilots play with the big boys toys?

"Was that a Cessna you say? Looked like a drone to me..."

Maybe they'll be allowed .177 BBs...

Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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Re: From my .sig collection

You know, some blade server chassis can hold tape drives in a slot. How difficult do you think it is to build a repeating crossbow out of one?

Now, aiming... that's the challenge...

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You designed the computer room wrong.

The doors need to be 2" wider than any unit to be placed inside(usually the racks) and no more. The room needs to be long and narrow, and the racks facing towards one of the long walls, so that there's decent working area in front and behind, but no more. Workdesks and storage is to be at the end furthest away from the doors.

You need a raised floor, and a step up just inside the door. And a ramp that is cumbersome to assemble and put in place, and must be removed again to close the door.

That will make it a PITA to store large objects in there...

Mark off any corner or other floorspace with yellow and black tape, and write 'for recycling'...

Then track down and... 'no one ever heard from them ever again' anyone who has access without a good cause.

US military spies: We'll capture enemy malware, tweak it, lob it right back at our adversaries

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Re: Just send them Windows ME

I'm pretty certain that's against the Fourth Geneva convention, which is all about protecting civilians in a warzone.

BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

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Electrically adjusted desks...

I have one of those at the office. It's a pretty big one, too...

I use the adjustments in the summer only.

In the evening I raise it to the top, then slip under it to reach the handle on the window so I can close it. (Desk is too wide to reach by leaning over it without risking to topple over. and the monitors are also in the way)

Then in the morning the next day I slip under again, open the window, get back up and lower the desk for a another day of work in a hot office...

Adjusting the desk for health reasons?

Then I'd need to start messing with the settings of my chair, and THAT ain't happening!

Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

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re: In an ideal world, Pokemon Go would not be a problem

I agree with big John;

Imagine that part of a park is rented for a private gathering such as a wedding...

Then someone in an AR game company plops down a 'Legendary Pokemon' with 'Perfect' fighting stats there...

Even if none of the Zmombies drop a single candywrapper while on their way to their goal, they'll most likely ruin someone's very expensive day.

Many places that are 'open to the public' can be rented for events. In fact, many of them need that extra income to pay for the upkeep. If events gets disturbed by AR gamers, it will 'get known' and less events will be held at those ventures.

There definitely needs to be permits.

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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I guess it's time to update my eCS 1.1 install...

Or a clean install since I can reinstall X-wing without too much trouble.

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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Get your mum some cookies

And some good tea. She's definitely deserved it.

The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

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Re: HP 200lx

You should have sprung for the 700 as that one had a cradle for the Nokia 2110 on the lid.


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